Happy November 1st, everyone!
As it is the first day of a new month, I have spent the past 31 days of the last month starting and ending my day writing in the Five-Minute Journal.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the concept of the Five-Minute Journal, it’s built on principles of positive psychology. As a psychology student, I appreciated this little detail and have made it a part of my daily routine without question.
Each page has essentially the same template: an inspirational quote at the top – sometimes replaced by a weekly challenge.
In the mornings, you write 3 things you are grateful for, 3 things that would make today great, and a daily affirmation.
At night, you write 3 amazing things that happened that day, and how you could have made the day better.
Here’s a breakdown of my likes and dislikes of the Five-Minute Journal:
What I Liked:
- It got me in the habit of starting my day and ending my day on a good note.
- It made me appreciate the little things in life like warm blankets and free choice.
- There were days where I could not think of ways that the day could have been better.
- I will reach for my journal over my phone first thing in the morning.
- The weekly challenges were easy and just what the heart needs – calling an old friend, dancing for a solid minute, telling someone why you love them, and donating to charity.
What I Had Troubles With:
- It wasn’t always easy to have it be the first thing I reach for to be my journal – especially not when I use my phone as my alarm.
- Sometimes I would wake up and not be in a good headspace and I would have difficulty thinking of different things to be grateful for or ways the day could be great.
- Believing in my daily affirmation.
My daily affirmation is “I am comfortable in my own skin and I live with passion and purpose.” I still strive to make that aspect true – until then, I will continue to write it every day until I believe that it is true.
If you’re looking for an easy way to make your day a little brighter, this is a great place to start. There is an accompanying app, but I have not used it. It’s quick and easy (hence the name) and has made me feel happier throughout my day right until the end.
If you have used the Five-Minute Journal, I would love to read your thoughts in the comments below.
Happy Well-being Wednesday!